I’m in climate shock. I returned from paradise this morning to just under 2 feet of snow in Colorado. And while you’d think that with all that snow, we’d have some moisture in the air, think again. My already out-of-place tan and supple skin, was sucked dry the moment I walked off the plane. I’ve been bathing in lotion ever since. Here is a little sneak peek:
Being in Maui the past week has put me behind in blogland. There are several items to attend to. The first being a review of my first week of Boston training. I’m only a week behind on this! I’ll then have to get to my week 2 recap right away, so I can post some pics of the island and the boy’s and my adventures! Also, the very important Virtual Run for Sherry is just a week away, and I want to make sure I get in a plug. I’ll be meeting up with SUAR at the Boulder Res next weekend. A run I’d be a fool to miss.
For Boston 2012, I am using an adaptation of the 55-70/12 Pfitz marathon training program. I say “adaptation” because I base my daily runs on his program, but might not always stick to it. I reference my own past training plans, as well as any influences from other programs I have used, or read about.
*Thanks Aron for the idea of posting the dailymile graph! Hope you don’t mind…
Week 1: Boston
Goal: 45 miles
Actual: 43.21 miles
Monday: 6.56 miles
Met up with Erika for a warm up. She was doing a hill workout, and we agreed that I would run my distance and meet up with her again for the cool down. Worked like a charm!
Tuesday: 5 miles
Lululemon run club. We hit 4 miles or so, and since I’m a slave to the numbers, I added another mile afterward.
Wednesday: 7 miles
Met up with Erika for a very windy run on a new trail. I think the trail has a lot of potential, but it’s wide open, set up against the Flatirons, so we were an open target for the gusts of wind. We’ll have to try it when January/February are over!
Thursday: 5 miles
This easy, recovery run was followed by a Level 2 yoga class. I’m really liking yoga! But, I find that I need to eat something quick in between the workouts. I’ve gotten a little lightheaded during some of the poses.
Friday: 15.5 miles
Erika and Danielle agreed to do a Friday afternoon long run with me, since I was going out of town the next morning. It was nice to have the long run done for the weekend, but it took some adjustments during the day. Namely, with food. It was cold, and headlamps were in order for the final few miles. I tried the newly discovered Peanut Butter GU Energy Gel and really liked it! It’s still a little sweet for me (my entire problem with the gels in the first place), but I could definitely buy more of these! Danielle had a great idea of trying Boulder’s very own Justin’s All-Natural Peanut Butter packets, since they are true peanut butter, not a gel. I picked up some of the almond butter packets (no peanut butter packets at the Sunflower Farmers Market I went to) to try it out.
Saturday: off day for travel
Sunday: 4.15 miles
An easy recovery run along the Ka’anapali Beachwalk in Maui. The sun was out. The waves were gently crashing. It was a pleasant way to end week 1!
Overall, I’m pleased with the week. I was only a couple of miles off of my goal. As long as I hit the long run, I knew I’d be fine with whatever was in between.